Chris Christie

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    Affirmative Action, Celebrities, Football, John Yoo, Law Reviews, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.31.14

    * This is the place where we pretend to be shocked that Chris Christie abused his power. [New York Times]

    * Remember the Super Bowl Shuffle? Now there’s a lawsuit over it. Proving even terrible art can give rise to litigation. [Business Wire]

    * Miami criminal defense attorney Michael Grieco thought he was representing Justin Bieber and let all the media outlets know it. Well, he’s not. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Listen up, law review editors! This is how you avoid making authors angry. [Nancy Rapoport’s Blog]

    * John Yoo for Dean of Boalt Hall? OK, maybe not, but here are the finalists for the position. [Nuts & Boalts]

    * California is eyeing a referendum to allow affirmative action considerations to be employed in college admissions for the first time in almost 20 years. Surely the same people who passed Prop 8 will be enlightened enough to do something proactive about systemic discrimination. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The art of negotiation and terrible cigars. [Katz Justice]

    * And I joined Mike Sacks and Jessica Mederson on Legalese It! today. So check out our rousing discussion of the State of the Union v. Supreme Court, Foxy Knoxy’s extradition fears, and California’s decision to keep disgraced journalist Stephen Glass out of the legal profession. Video below… [Huffington Post Live]

    2 Comments / / Jan 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • catching hundreds of dollars

    Christopher Christie, Death Penalty, Divorce Train Wrecks, Eric Holder, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Pets, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 01.30.14

    * Attorney General Eric Holder has until tomorrow to decide whether the government will seek the death penalty in the case against Dzhokhar Tsaernaev. Screw his fan clubs, he deserves it. [Associated Press]

    * “Those who know me know I don’t like to lose.” Good thing he didn’t. Leo Strine was unanimously confirmed as Chief Justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court. We can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to his new bench. [Reuters]

    * “[N]ominal relief does not necessarily a nominal victory make.” Any day that a lawyer can secure a $1 award for his client and a $34,772 award of fees for himself is a very successful day as a lawyer. [New York Law Journal]

    * The mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, was sued, and she’s blaming Chris Christie and his allies for the whole thing. When the governor found out, he had just finished bringing about world peace. [Star-Ledger]

    * Kansas Law will offer in-state tuition to people near Kansas City, Missouri. It must be hurting to fill its seats to make such an offer just because the city name has Kansas in it. [Kansas City Business Journal]

    * George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, is well on her way to getting a default judgment of divorce. She may be down one dog in her life, but she still wants custody of their two pets. [Orlando Sentinel]

    0 Comments / / Jan 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • Zimmerman Corey Painting

    Art, Christopher Christie, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Pornography

    Morning Docket: 01.24.14

    * Who doesn’t love fee voyeurism? It pays to be a winner in an antitrust case. How many millions did Robins Kaplan just rake in? Just part of the largest attorney fee award ever handed out in a private antitrust case, no biggie. [Am Law Daily]

    * In this glass half-full world, about half of state Attorneys General are in favor of gay marriage — but some of them would go ahead and defend their state’s laws anyway. Boo. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It might be “pretty basic,” but Chris Christie received a document subpoena over the Bridgegate scandal. Not for nothing, but we hear that the governor was in the middle of bringing about world peace when he got the news. [Bloomberg]

    * Hofstra Law is the latest school to launch its own “law school law firm” in an effort find jobs for its graduates close the justice gap. Welcome aboard the bandwagon, enjoy your stay! [Hofstra Law News]

    * Hunter Moore, the king of online revenge porn, was indicted on 15 federal charges by a grand jury. “We’re superpleased that the FBI have brought this to fruition,” says a victim’s mother. So is everyone else. [TIME]

    * “I have this much respect for the American judicial system.” George Zimmerman has a new painting for sale, and this time he’s ripping the Special Prosecutor who charged him with second-degree murder. [CNN]

    3 Comments / / Jan 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM
  • Try me. Just. F'ing. Try me.

    6th Circuit, Christopher Christie, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Student Loans, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.21.14

    * GEEZER FIGHT!!! (Still not as good as the all-time classic embedded after the jump) [Lowering the Bar]

    * Judge Boyce Martin apparently racked up nearly $140,000 in improper expenses. Now he’s gone from the Sixth Circuit. At least he finally has some time to travel. [Talking Points Memo]

    * The University of Wisconsin got smacked with a lawsuit over its decision to get rid of student government because student governments are useless application padding for tools for no reason. I want this to go to trial just to hear everyone “Badger” the witness. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Thompson Reuters Concourse is getting serious. They just added Drafting Assistant, Westlaw Doc & Form Builder, and WestlawNext Practitioner Insights to the platform and promise more on the way. At this rate, I’m expecting a big “WestPhone” & “WestPad” unveiling in a few weeks. [Legal Current]

    * The story of the late Duke law student whose family was hounded by Sallie Mae for repayment may have come to a conclusion. [Think Progress]

    * “You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Love a Kosher Prison Meal.” [New York Times]

    * Some law students at the University of Utah Law School have created a humor journal. Here’s the latest issue. I wonder what current events issue law students in Utah are going to write about… [The ScoffLaw]

    * Ed Kilgore of the Progressive Policy Institute weighed in on how Chris Christie’s BridgeGate stemmed, in part, from his experiences as a prosecutor and cited our article on the subject in the process. [Washington Monthly]

    As we await the Super Bowl, let’s talk about the 1963 Grey Cup! Here are two Canadian Football legends meeting up 48 years after that nasty championship game. It gets testy.

    0 Comments / / Jan 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM
  • Courtney Love

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Christopher Christie, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Twittering, Utah

    Morning Docket: 01.17.14

    * Parties in Utah’s gay marriage case are boosting their legal backbones. Utah picked up Gene Schaerr, of Winston & Strawn, who is leaving the firm to serve as lead outside counsel. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called upon Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn to assist with Bridgegate’s fallout. Because messing with people’s commutes into New York City is that big of a deal. [Am Law Daily]

    * Come next year, Yale Law School will be joining the majority of law schools located on this planet by holding its fall finals before winter break. They’ll still be studying anyway… just for fun! [Yale Daily News]

    * “Being in Portland … is hard to facilitate when you are based in Eugene.” Oregon Law, sadly unable to master the fine art of teleportation, will allow students to take their 3L classes in Portland as soon as in 2015. [National Law Journal]

    * Courtney Love was in court this week testifying in the first “Twibel” (Twitter + libel) trial in the nation. Oh, that’s so interesting, but what America really wants to know is what she was wearing. [Businessweek]

    0 Comments / / Jan 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • Chris Christie during his U.S. Attorney days.

    Christopher Christie, New Jersey, Politics, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    In Defense Of Chris Christie

    Some thoughts on Chris Christie from Above the Law managing editor David Lat, who used to work for Christie when he was U.S. Attorney.

    23 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM
  • Chris Christie

    Christopher Christie, New Jersey, Politics, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Governor Chris Christie Did What We All Should Have Expected From An Old Prosecutor

    Chris Christie is a prosecutor first and foremost, and that makes his latest scandal something we should have seen coming from miles away.

    27 Comments / / Jan 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM
  • Gov. Chris Christie

    B for Beauty, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Money, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Religion, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 01.10.14

    * The Supreme Court has been “surprising[ly] silent” when it comes to how to apply Obamacare’s contraception mandate to religious non-profits. We imagine at least one justice will raise hell about it during their first judicial conference of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Contrary to what was apparently popular belief by some, Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t wear dentures. She was very candid about her oral hygiene at a recent speaking event — her teeth are so great because she’s had a lot of work done on them. [Washington Post]

    * In your face, Cravath! James Woolery is movin’ on up to officially taking the rein at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Fun fact: Chuck Woolery of “Love Connection” is his distant cousin. [Am Law Daily]

    * The U.S. Attorney’s office Chris Christie used to be in charge of will investigate Bridgegate. Word on the street is that the governor had just finished reading War and Peace when he heard the news. [Bloomberg]

    * Sumner Redstone donated $10 million to Harvard Law School so that its graduates can pursue public interest careers — because otherwise they’d be too poor to “build a better world.” [National Law Journal]

    7 Comments / / Jan 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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    Admin, Announcements, Christopher Christie, David Boies, Gay, Gay Marriage, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Politics, Reader Polls, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    Above the Law’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year Contest: The Finalists!

    From distinguished to despicable, who should be Above the Law’s Lawyer of the Year for 2013? Please vote in our poll!

    11 Comments / / Dec 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Christopher Christie, Gay, Gay Marriage, Jury Duty, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Rudeness, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 10.22.13

    * President Obama defends Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), saying that the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website will get fixed. [Washington Post]

    * “Calling All Unemployed Law Grads: Greenberg Traurig Is Hiring.” But there’s a catch. We’ll have more on this later today. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case regarding how to determine mental disability in death-penalty cases. [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re thinking of selling legal services over Groupon, proceed with care. [ABA via WSJ Law Blog]

    * Want to get out of jury duty? Try flipping the bird at the defendant. [ABA Journal]

    * Chris Geidner takes a closer look at Chris Christie’s decision not to keep fighting marriage equality in New Jersey. Is it all about 2016? [BuzzFeed]

    * More details on the circumstances surrounding a Reed Smith partner’s profane and ill-advised tweet. Expect Steven Regan to be sent back to “Tweet School.” [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    6 Comments / / Oct 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • 484px-John_Marshall_by_Henry_Inman,_1832

    10th Circuit, Christopher Christie, Drugs, Gay Marriage, Labor / Employment, Law Reviews, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Sports, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.21.13

    * Law firm Halloween party advice. I disagree with some of this — my “Sexy John Marshall” costume was always a hit. [Greedy Associates / FindLaw]

    * The Supreme Court is expected to review a 10th Circuit decision holding that corporations are people and can exercise religious rights. Hopefully the Supreme Court stops this madness before my cable company has the right to bear arms. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Governor Chris Christie has dropped his appeal of the New Jersey court decision authorizing same-sex marriage. He finally worked out that his own homophobia wasn’t worth being on the wrong side of 61 percent of Jersey voters. [Politico]

    * Let’s go get some Molly! [Law and More]

    * California is tightening up its Workers’ Comp rules for former professional athletes. From now on, injured ex-jocks need to prove a more significant tie to the state to collect compensation. This presents a problem for a lot of former football players who now have to admit they played for the Raiders. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Judge Smith of the New York Court of Appeals gets a scathing open letter. It’s fun when lawyers go “Flame On!” toward judges they might eventually be in front of. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * Governor Rick Snyder is asking a judge to drop her request to see unredacted copies of internal emails about the search for the Detroit emergency manager. Because nothing seemed sketchy about employing a law that had been specifically repealed by Michigan voters to overturn the democratically elected leadership of a major metropolis to install a partner from a firm that just so happens to get chosen as bankruptcy counsel, earning a ton of fees from the whole affair. Nothing at all. [Detroit News]

    * Guy sues Apple because he hates iOS 7. Not the dumbest suit ever brought against Apple. [BGR]

    * Entertainment lawyer Harry M. Brittenham moonlights as the author of graphic novels. A lawyer writing comic books may sound like a guy living in his mom’s basement, but he’s actually married to Heather Thomas from The Fall Guy. [New York Times]

    * Not everyone thinks law reviews are awful. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    6 Comments / / Oct 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • old law books

    Anthony Kennedy, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.11.13

    * Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn’t think that law school should be shortened to two years, but he does think that the “cost factor has to be addressed.” Somebody really ought to listen to this man and give his words some credence. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Let’s give Lady Justice a big round of applause, because the federal judiciary announced that it’s got enough cash on hand to keep things running until October 17, two whole days more than originally planned. Cherish the small things. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * If Biglaw firms don’t adapt to the changing times, they may soon go the way of the dodo — or, to be a little more relevant to large law firms, they may soon go the way of the Dewey. Scary. [American Lawyer]

    * Gov. Chris Christie’s administration appealed a judge’s denial of a stay on a ruling allowing gay marriages to be performed within the state. Please try to stay Jersey Strong and fabulous through this. [USA Today]

    * Law review? More like flaw review, amirite? Apparently there’s a big problem with law review articles, and it’s not just that they’re incredibly boring and wind up in books that are never read. [National Law Journal]

    4 Comments / / Oct 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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    Election Law, Law Schools, Movies, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.04.13

    * If you checked out our story about the 3L seemingly taking over the admissions department at Indiana University, head on over again because there’s an update. [Above the Law]

    * Two former professors have sued the Phoenix School of Law for valuing profits over students and faculty. If you can’t trust your local diploma mill, who can you trust? [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * On June 11, Atlas Obscura is hosting an interesting event called “Go Directly to Jail: Trespassing and the Law.” Ironically, the event requires advanced tickets. [Atlas Obscura]

    * Top myths about law school and the legal profession… from the desk of the dean of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. “Thomas M. Cooley is the second-best law school in the country” is strangely not one of the myths they address. [Cooley Law School Blog]

    * Legal blogging worlds collide when Law and the Multiverse guest posts on Volokh Conspiracy. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * And while we’re on the subject of Law and the Multiverse, they update their spoiler heavy piece from a few weeks ago about the criminal liability of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. [Law and the Multiverse]

    * Not much fallout yet, but Chris Christie just set the time for the special election to fill NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat. As far as I can tell, the date selected fulfills NEITHER of the statutes governing the issue, the relevant portions of which are provided after the jump…

    First, 19:27-6 — Congressional vacancies (emphasis added):

    If the vacancy happens in the representation of this State in the United States Senate the election shall take place at the general election next succeeding the happening thereof, unless the vacancy shall happen within 70 days next preceding the primary election prior to the general election, in which case it shall be filled by election at the second succeeding election, unless the Governor shall deem it advisable to call a special election therefor, which he is authorized hereby to do.

    Meaning the election should take place in November 2014, because we’re already within 70 days of the next primary.

    And then, 19:3-26 — Vacancies in United States senate; election to fill; temporary appointment by governor (emphasis added):

    If a vacancy shall happen in the representation of this State in the United States senate, it shall be filled at the general election next succeeding the happening thereof, unless such vacancy shall happen within 70 days next preceding such election, in which case it shall be filled by election at the second succeeding general election, unless the governor of this State shall deem it advisable to call a special election therefor, which he is authorized hereby to do.

    Meaning the election should take place on the date of the next general election in November.

    October 2013 fits neither of these requirements. Yay for making up law!

    5 Comments / / Jun 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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    Barack Obama, Christopher Christie, Elena Kagan, Joe Biden, Media and Journalism, Rankings

    The Most Influential Lawyers in the World: Meet the Attorneys on the Time 100

    Lawyers represent 14 percent of the list. Which legal eagles soared into the Time 100 this year?

    9 Comments / / Apr 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • drunk old man

    Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Divorce Train Wrecks, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.04.13

    * “Beware of conservatives bearing gifts.” While there may be a federalism argument to be made in the DOMA case, it’s really about discrimination. It’s too bad some are afraid to stand up and say that. [Opinionator / New York Times]

    * Sooo… was Melvyn Weiss, founder of Milberg LLP, really old, really drunk, or really old and drunk when he allegedly recited part of the alphabet as, “H, I, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, S, X, U, V, W, S, I, C”? [Am Law Daily]

    * “Can’t fire me, I quit” moments are much better when they involve partners. Ogletree’s ex-VP was asked to leave over a dispute with another lawyer, so he resigned. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The U. of Arizona is thinking about lowering tuition by 11% for in-state students and 8% for out-of-state students. On behalf of your indebted students, MOAR doing and less thinking. [Arizona Republic]

    * The only thing that’s worse than allegations of insider trading is having your ex-wife’s post-divorce suit reinstated. This is really the last thing Steve Cohen needs right now. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie banned minors from using tanning beds without parental consent. Fare thee well, GTL. Young Jersey Shore wannabes must be weeping. [Clarion Ledger]

    1 Comment / / Apr 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • Chris Christie, king of the prose-ticians.

    Bad Ideas, Christopher Christie, FCC, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Television, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.28.12

    * U.S. Attorneys are rising up, taking office, and conducting their business like hard-ass prosecutors. [Wall Street Journal]

    * If only they had more guns at the police station, this might never have happened. [Fox News]

    * Of course, out in Arizona, the state attorney general is pushing for an “armed posse” to patrol schools. Arizona: where bad ideas go to be fruitful and multiply. [NBC News]

    * Would you give your kidney to your favorite law professor? I wouldn’t, but I would consider taking the kidney of my least favorite law professor and giving it to, well, pretty much anybody else. [Wake Forest School of Law]

    * “Aereokiller” has been ordered to stop killing TV networks. [Film On]

    * Wait, we still have “longshoremen”? For real, not just as the backdrop for a season of the Wire? [Miami Herald]

    * Should law deans be “disbarred”? I like how people have to spend all this time just trying to figure out how to get law deans to tell the truth. [Tax Prof Blog]

    8 Comments / / Dec 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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    Christopher Christie, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Jews, New Jersey, Politics, Racism, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Chris Christie Edition

    What’s the latest news about Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey sports betting law? Plus a round-up of other athletes in legal hot water.

    2 Comments / / Nov 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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